Buying a used forklift can be difficult because there is so much to consider. You don’t want to buy a forklift that breaks down or is completely unsuitable for your business after only a few loads. It is a significant financial commitment.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Get the right forklift

The forklift must be appropriate for your business. One that meets the minimum ceiling height, gate height, and bearing aisle width requirements. In case you don’t really know a lot about this subject, seek assistance from an expert who can assess your facility and determine which vehicles are appropriate for your company.

2. The forklift must function properly

It may sound obvious, but some of the most typical issues that go unnoticed if you buy from a private seller have to do with the forklift’s functionality. Is the engine in good working order? Is there a leaking pipe? What is the purpose of the stand? What’s the state of the forklift’s steering? Is the forklift traveling in a straight line or pulling to different directions? The brakes, illumination, and battery state are also important considerations.

3. Inspect the forks

The forks on the forklift tend to wear out quickly and must be often checked and replaced. Do the forks and fork mounts have any cracks? Are there any locking mechanisms in place, and if so, do they function properly?

4. Do the tires look fine?

The condition of the tires is an important question to ask, it is one of the major costs of the forklift. Check for damaged tires and ask yourself: are there any cracks and/or signs of future cracking?

5. Ask about the guarantees offered

How long is the warranty valid and what does it include?

Saving on cost by getting a used forklift, will help you avoid spending high amounts as you would for a new forklift. You also don’t have to be concerned about a loss of equivalent value. If you only need a forklift for a few months out of the year or for a short length of time, it’s better to buy a used forklift. Check out the used forklifts we have available >